At the 2003 Frankfurt Auto Show, Alfa Romeo unveiled a stunning and evocative new concept car that borrowed considerably from the company’s vast sporting heritage and tugged on the heartstrings of die-hard Alfisti around the world. The curvaceous two-seat coupe harkened back to a time when Alfas dominated sports car racing, and even the name 8C Competizione was plucked directly from Alfa Romeo’s rich and storied past. At the time, Alfa enthusiasts were desperate for a new flagship from the Milanese firm. Since leaving the US market in 1995, Alfa concentrated their efforts on mid-market, executive sedans, and stylish coupes sharing a common front-drive platform. They were by many accounts, upmarket Fiat products that, while certainly capable, lacked some of the magic that was at Alfa Romeo’s foundation, and soon the press and public were clamoring for Alfa to put the stunning 8C coupe into production. Amazingly, the bosses at parent company Fiat were listening, and in October an updated production version was unveiled to the world at the Paris Salon.
Thankfully, Alfa Romeo engineers were allowed free rein in developing the concept for the road, and they didn’t hold back. An entirely new platform utilized a steel main structure with heavy use of carbon fiber for the curvaceous, coke-bottle bodywork, styled in-house by Wolfgang Egger. Up front sat a special version of the Ferrari-derived 4.7-liter, 32-valve V8 which Maserati would also share. In classic Alfa tradition, this magnificent engine drove a rear-mounted transaxle gearbox for optimal weight distribution. The six-speed, paddle-actuated ‘box, shared with the Ferrari 599 Fiorano, delivering lightning-fast shifts across a wide array of settings. With 444 brake horsepower at 7,000 rpm, the Alfa 8C gave supercar performance.
Recognized by knowledgeable collectors today as a modern interpretation of Ferrari’s famous 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, the 8C is unique in carrying on the tradition of the classic front-engine, short wheelbase, sports oriented driver’s car.
Alfa Romeo strictly limited 8C Competizione production to just 500 examples worldwide. Of those 500 cars, only 84 US-specification cars were made available through select Ferrari and Maserati dealers, all of which got snapped up as soon as the car was announced. With the 8C, Alfa Romeo practically defined the term “Instant Classic.” No more cars can enter the USA until 2033, as non-Federal examples are not eligible for import under current show and display regulations, so when the rare opportunity to acquire an 8C presents itself, swift action is recommended.
Outstanding in every respect, this Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione shows just 3,364 miles from new and is fully documented by a noted specialist. Serial number 40364, this is the 68th US-market example produced. It includes numerous rare and desirable options, and it comes complete with all factory books and manuals, spare keys, a factory car cover, service records, and a clean Carfax Report. According to Dyke Ridgley, who maintains the registry of Alfa Romeo 8Cs, S/N 40364 is one of only 19 such cars finished in Alfa Red (a non-metallic and brighter hue than the more common Competition Red) and is indeed “one of a kind” regarding features and options. This car is nicely specced with a leather headliner, braided leather seats and iPod connection for the Becker Infotainment system, while a clean and tidy look is achieved with black painted calipers, and no Quadrifoglio fender emblems to interrupt the flow of the gorgeous lines.
Historical records supplied by Mr. Ridgley show 40364 was completed on September 11, 2008, and delivered to Maserati Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, California on December 10th. A month later, it was delivered to Daniel Powter of Encino, California. Mr. Powter is a Canadian-born singer-songwriter famous for his number one hit, “Bad Day.” In 2014, Mr. Powter traded the Alfa back to Ferrari of Beverly Hills with only 2,700 miles on the clock. From there, the 8C sold to David Atcherley of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania who kept the car (in California) from November 2014 through March of 2015. It was then acquired by its current owners, who promptly handed the Alfa over to Mr. Ridgley for a thorough inspection and service. At 3,032 miles, the engine oil, gearbox oil, brake fluid, and coolant were changed, and multiple other minor service and maintenance items tended to. Additional service records are included in the file, going back to new.
Having seen meticulous care and limited use, this breathtaking Alfa Romeo shows in impeccable condition. The stunning paintwork is original, except for a minor repair made on the front bumper to correct a scuff that occurred during Daniel Powter’s ownership. The selling dealer handled the seamless repair, and the nose is now protected with 3M clear film. The fabulous cloverleaf-inspired wheels are excellent, wrapped in factory-correct Pirelli P-Zero rubber. Opening the lightweight door reveals the stunning cabin, with its mix of new-age materials and old-world craftsmanship. Carbon-backed sport seats wear stunning, bright red braided leather covers, supplied to Alfa Romeo by Poltrona Frau of Turin. The extensive use of bare, satin-finish carbon fiber beautifully contrasts the beautiful leather and carpet. With its incredibly low mileage, the soft trim and exposed carbon remain in near showroom-fresh condition.
Presented in stunning condition, with low miles and a fully documented history, this Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione is a highly desirable and eminently collectible automobile from this celebrated Italian marque. With fewer than 84 such cars in the USA, and one of only 19 finished in “Alfa Red” this is an exceptionally rare opportunity to add an exquisite example of Alfa Romeo’s evocative 8C to your collection.
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